Good news/Bad news

The House Labor-Human Services subcommittee approved a $27.8 million funding increase for Title X family planning programs.
…they also approved an identical funding increase for abstinence-only education.
In other words, “Yes! Contraception is important and it works! But shhhh… don’t tell the children.”

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  • Anonymous

    WTF? I thought that the Dems were going to let abstinence only money expire?

  • Ann

    There are several federal funding streams for abstinence-only. Democrats let one funding stream, Title IV, expire. But they’ve just increased funding for CBAE (Community-Based Abstinence Education) grants — a different stream.

  • ccall

    Ironic that the Title X family planning bill was introduced by then-Rep. George H.W. Bush (and signed into law by Nixon).
    At least they’re spending *half* the money wisely.

  • Anonymous

    Ah, got it Ann. Fuck.

  • LindsayPW

    That’s fucked up. Why can’t they take these millions of dollars they can just easily spend on Abstinence “Education” and help the poor?

  • mimo92

    I think what they wanted was to placate both sides of the debate. But I think it’s just going to piss everybody off.
    Very few forums think it logical to pass one thing and then something that completely contradicts the first.
    I don’t think very much will change, honestly. The schools that teach abstinence will continue to do so. The ones that teach something practical will continue to. They passed both bills so they could seem like they are doing something but really copping out on a stance.
    This way, they can say there are doing something to benefit whichever party but really are being ineffectual.
    And now I’m really upset because there are girls who can drive but don’t know their own anatomy.

  • Melissa

    The Ab-only money is kind of complicated. As Ann says, it appears in different funding streams – the Adolescent Family Life Initiative, state grants, and community-based programs. The total for all these funding streams is $204m — 27.8m more than FY2007.
    The increase for ab-only is a compromise with the Rs to get the bill out of committee.
    There’s plenty of other good news in the bill:
    -57m increase for Maternal/Child Health
    -75m for the Child Care Development Block Grant
    -10m more for VAWA activities
    -550,000 more for the Office of Women’s Health.
    The bill will come before the full committee on Thursday, June 14; the House will vote on it sometime next week.

  • Life

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    The British three appeared the danger in the final. From the start Disley went to the front but Larsen (Norway) sprinted past to a lead of ten yards. At the bell Rozsnyói was in front with Larsen and Brasher (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) together on his heels. Taking the hurdle on the back straight, Brasher passed between the other two, opened up a gap, and running very strongly won by about fifteen yards in a new Olympic record time of 8 mins. 41.2 secs. and a personal best by six seconds. The first six all beat the previous record. The referee however, ruled that Brasher had caused interference to Larsen on the last lap and disqualified him. An appeal to the Jury was upheld on the grounds that the contact between the two was unintentional and did not affect their running. Brasher was therefore declared the winner. Brasher’s win was probably the most surprising of the Games, both his teammates being considered more likely medallists, and it was his first win in any event of importance.
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    Walks. For the first time two road walks were held, the previous 10,000 metres race being substituted by a 20 kilometres road race, which was held over eight laps of road adjoining the Main Stadium in conditions which were ideally fine and mild with a light breeze. The clean sweep of medals by the U.S.S.R. trio was rather expected from their previous times. All three walked with excellent judgment and reserved their efforts for the crucial last few kilometres Ljunggren (Sweden) and Vickers (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) both made most determined efforts but could not challenge the leaders. Seventeen walkers representing seven countries finished, and four were disqualified.
    The longest event of the Games, the 50 kilometres walk, was held in very warm weather, a hot north-westerly wind stirred up an appreciable amount of dust and the day was too hot for really fast times. The race started slowly. After 2 kilometres Read (New Zealand) took the lead for a short distance, but by 5 kilometres Maskinskov (U.S.S.R.) began to force the pace, and at 20 kilometres Allsopp (Australia) trying to keep with the leaders was disqualified. Maskinskov at 20 kilometres was nearly two minutes ahead of fellow Russian Lavrov and Italian Pamich.
    At the turn, Read had displaced Pamich in third position. Near to 35 kilometres, Lavrov was disqualified which put Read in second place, 2 mins. 18 secs. behind Maskinskov. Read now started his effort, and at 40 kilometres had reduced the deficit to 47 seconds. Soon after, he passed Maskinskov and was more than a minute ahead at 45 kilometres and walking very strongly continued to increase his lead right to the tape. Second place-getter Maskinskov was two and a quarter minutes behind, followed two minutes later by Ljunggren. Only six competitors bettered five hours which gives an indication of the trying conditions.